Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

Net­ball was in­vented as a women’s ver­sion of basketball in late 19th cen­tury Eng­land. It was in­tended as a non-con­tact sport for ladies re­stricted in their move­ment by long skirts, corsets and leg-of-mut­ton sleeves. Net­ball con­tin­ued to be called Women’s Basketball in Aus­tralia and New Zealand un­til the name was changed to net­ball in 1970. Net­ball was not in­cluded in the Com­mon­wealth Games un­til 1998 in Kuala Lumpur. There is much in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the data but net­ball has the high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion rate of women and girls of any team sport in Aus­tralia. More than 324,000 girls un­der 15 play in or­gan­ised com­pe­ti­tions out­side of school and more than 333,000 adult women. Un­like the footy codes, net­ball’s five-year free-to-air tele­vi­sion deal with Chan­nel 9 gen­er­ates rev­enue for the sport only through spon­sor­ships and ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue shared with the net­work. In 2018, su­per net­ball in­tro­duced rule changes de­signed to make the game more ex­cit­ing for broad­cast. These in­clude a sys­tem award­ing com­pe­ti­tion points for each quar­ter won, longer breaks be­tween quar­ters, basketball style time-outs and al­low­ing coaches to roam the side­lines. Fast5 net­ball is a form of the game with five play­ers a side, short­ened quar­ters, rolling in­ter­changes and one, two and three point goals. It was first con­tested in­ter­na­tion­ally in 2009. Aus­tralia has never won the Fast5 Net­ball World Se­ries. Eng­land cur­rently holds the ti­tle.

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